2. Regarding my work. I would say it is evolving. I hold an MFA in Educational Theatre. My focus has been using drama as a tool for integrating critical thinking and creative problem solving into educational curriculums. Two years ago I was blessed to train at Trinity College in Dublin. I learned that much of what I do is directly connected to the Drama in Education initiatives in the UK and Ireland. That being said, I am keenly interested in using drama, story, and the arts for community engagement and revitalization. I am current ast. prof. of theatre and the arts engagement coordinator. I find myself in the process "what's next"?? I am working with a variety of community agencies and planning to develop some story circles very soon. I am interested in story (and arts) as a catalyst for change as well as a way to allow people to share and connect. I hope to do this through 1. Our Town's Stories Project (I gained some insight into this when I visited Vermont and connected with a Heart and Sole project with the Orton Foundation) 2. Transformational Language Arts 3. I am becoming a certified "muse facilitator" and 4. Lenawee Out Loud - A monthly storytelling event held throughout the county - I am in preparation of launching this ASAP. I have decided that I need to just jump in with the idea of story and mull around in the process. I connected with Satori Shakur from Detroit (Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers) and she said -- GFI!! So, short story made long (lol).......... here I am on your page, making connections, and figuring it out!! Cheers!! Joni BTW: I teach/work in Adrian Michigan and live in the beautiful Irish Hills. Exhausted yet??
I've had participants in master's level graduate seminars host World Cafes as part of their course work (also did it once with an undergraduate group). One of my current students, Elizabeth Nissly, joined this WC online community earlier in semester. I was thrilled, as she was, to learn some World Café work is going on in Burnsville, NC, now. Eager to learn more. Peaceably, Marsha Lee (Baker)
thanks for you warm welcome. I have been learning a lot with this tool. I teach at a MBA program and we used the The World Cafe to design a marketing plan. It was such a rich experience! I am very excited about this community. cheers
Hi Amy! Thanks for the warm welcome. The Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) is a graduate school affiliated with Saybrook University. I completed their MA in Organizational Systems, Leadership & Organizational Development, program in 2012. Some of my faculty and colleagues in the program told me about World Café. I am excited about taking the next course through Fielding and participating in this community!
Hi Amy! Thank you for your welcoming message. The course I am using The World Cafe in is a graduate course called Contemporary Composition Theory: Composition, Conflict, and Change. We are going to host a World Cafe as our end of the year project.
We are located at Western Carolina University which is about an hour and a half away from Burnsville, NC.
Amy, I would so love to have lunch with you!! I just got off the phone with Jerry from Meadowlark who is putting on Art of Hosting in St. Paul in a couple of weeks. I think I'm going! He speaks so very fondly and highly of you, by the way!
Thank you for your kind e-mail, and words of welcome. While my technology skills are, to say the least, lacking (!), I love to participate in conversations about topics that are real and meaningful for me. Typically this has been in small group settings and not through computer communications, but I am eager to learn how to share on a broader scale. I read about World Café Community in the August 2014 publication of "Natural Awakenings" though an article by Linda Sechrist called "Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds".
thank you for the welcome, and the idea of starting a conversation with educators. I observed Peter Senge running a World Cafe for K-12 system thinking conference, and it was beautiful. I wonder if we can introduce something like that for educational unconferences, such as edcampDC, etc.